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TCAL Annual Conference

Professional development for academic library directors and leaders

September 19-20 | The Tremont House, Galveston, Texas

Keynote speaker: Scott Carlson

The Texas Council of Academic Libraries is thrilled to host Scott Carlson as our keynote speaker for the in-person TCAL Annual Conference, September 19-20 in Galveston. Carlson is a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education who explores where higher education is headed. Carlson will discuss:

Higher Education: Finding Purpose Under Pressure
Following the unprecedented pressures on colleges, universities and libraries following the COVID pandemic, there is a paradoxical and simultaneous need for, and waning confidence in, higher education. Students are intensely focused on training for a career and the salary outcomes associated with a higher education degree. Mr. Carlson will discuss the connection between the “real world” and colleges and argue that the system should reorient itself around helping students achieve aspirations rather than serve its own bureaucracy. This is of particular importance to library leadership as we look for ways to better attract, retain and support students in this new environment.

Carlson has won awards from the Education Writers Association and is a frequent speaker at colleges and conferences around the country. His work has also appeared in The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore City Paper, among other publications. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Full Schedule

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Early Bird Rate (now – July 31) Regular Registration (August 1 – September 14)
Members $149 $169
Non-Members $189 $209


TCAL President David Baca is a Galveston resident and made a list of personal recommendations for Things to do in Galveston!

Downtown Paid Parking Program

  • Parking Downtown is enforced daily between 9 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Sunday
  • Parking within Downtown is $2.25/hour with a minimum of 1 hour
  • PayByPhone transactions incur a 20 cent convenience fee per transaction
  • Payment is per license plate and is non-transferable
  • Handicap plates/placards and Disable Veterans plates are exempt
  • Improperly parked vehicles are subject to a $30 citation
  • 15 minute grace periods will be given


Cancellations and Substitutions

Cancellations received on or before September 1, 2022 will receive a refund, less a 20% administrative fee. Requests made after September 1, are non-refundable. Refunds will be processed within 60 days following the conclusion of the conference. All registration cancellations must be made in writing (email) to TLA by September 1. No phone requests can be accepted.

Substitutions of registrations to another individual must be made in writing (email) by September 14, 2022 to Christy Reynolds. No phone requests can be accepted. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations associated with that substitution.

We thank the sponsors of the TCAL Annual Conference:

Signature Sponsors
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